Unity of purpose for a global community of shared future Chinese President Xi Jinping propounded the idea of building a global community of shared future 10 years ago, answering a question raised by the world, by history and by the times: “Where is humanity headed?”

In the universe there is only one Earth, the shared home of humanity. 

Unfortunately, this planet on which we rely for our subsistence is facing immense and unprecedented crises, both known and unknown, both foreseeable and unforeseeable.

Whether human civilisation can survive these has become an existential issue that must be squarely faced more and more people have come to the realisation that rather than amassing material wealth, the most pressing task is to find a guiding beacon for the sustainable development of human civilisation, because we all care about our future.

Chinese President Xi Jinping propounded the idea of building a global community of shared future 10 years ago, answering a question raised by the world, by history and by the times: “Where is humanity headed?”

His proposal lights the path forward as the world fumbles for solutions and represents China’s contribution to global efforts to protect our shared home and create a better future of prosperity for all.

Over the past decade the idea has been steadily enriched.

In 2015, Xi fleshed it out with a five-point proposal in his speech at the General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly. 

In 2017, he further proposed five goals for the world in his speech at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

This represents the steady increase in the depth and scope of the vision of a global community of shared future.

The past decade has also seen steady progress in implementing the vision. 

From bilateral to multilateral and from regional to global dimensions, ground-breaking results have been achieved on every front.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Global Development Initiative(GDI), the Global Security Initiative (GSI), and the Global Civilisation Initiative (GCI) have taken root and borne fruits, bringing prosperity and stability to the world and creating substantive benefits for the people.

On the occasion of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Chinese government has released this white paper to comprehensively introduce the historical context in which the concept of building a global community of shared future was born, the ideological connotations the concept contains, the cultural soil it is rooted in, the path it advocates for realisation and the vivid practices it has achieved.

The purpose is to enhance international understanding and comprehension, foster broad consensus, and better collaborate with countries around the world in building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Our journey ahead will be a lengthy and arduous one. But as long as we press ahead with perseverance, there will be much to expect.

Successes and setbacks await us, but hopes abound.

Building a global community of shared future depends on the joint actions of all countries.

When all countries unite in pursuing the cause of common good, plan together, and act together day by day toward the right direction of building a global community of shared future, we can build an open, inclusive, clean, and beautiful world of lasting peace, universal security and shared prosperity and jointly create a better future for all of humanity. — Global Times

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